Child Protection Conference Chair (Children's Social Work)
Salary:£39,782.00 - £42,683.00
Location:Shire Hall Westgate Street Gloucester - GL1 2TG
Closing date:02 August 2020 at midnight
Teams: Independent Reviewing Service
Gloucestershire is on an improvement journey and we are looking for enthusiastic, committed and passionate workers who are interested in the challenges of working in a busy, professional environment. We are driving forward improvements in practice across Gloucestershire County Council and our Child Protection Chairs have a key role in improving outcomes for Gloucestershire’s most vulnerable children.
You will be joining an authority with a strong set of values that underpins the work we do; values of Accountability, Empowerment, Excellence Integrity and Respect. For more information about our values, please click here.
We are on the lookout for resilient, driven individuals who can play their part in making our vision for children’s services a success. You will be instrumental in delivering a first-class service which will deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people of Gloucestershire. You will be expected to:
- Chair Initial and Review Child Protection Conferences in accordance with regulations, guidance and departmental procedures, and manage a caseload of children on a Child Protection Plan to ensure there is no drift in their intervention, they are protected and they have their needs fully considered and met.
- Undertake regular midpoint reviews of the children you hold case responsibility for.
- Undertake monthly Audits of Children and Young People’s case files, and those who are subject to a Child Protection Plan.
- The Conference Chair has a key role in promoting and monitoring standards for child in need of protection and subject to a Child Protection Plan; as such you will utilise the Dispute Resolution Protocol to raise concerns when there is a need to challenge
- To provide a high quality service to children in need of protection through the effective chairing of complex meetings and acting as a point of advice and challenge for good standards in Child Protection work.
Alongside this there are some things we will require of you to be successfully appointed to this post, as well as your experience as a frontline social worker:
- Social Work England registration
- A recognised qualification in Social Work
- To have passed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
- A full driving licence and willingness to drive
- DBS clearance
Reward & Support:
We’ve said what we want from you; here’s what we offer in return for your hard work.
A generous pay and reward programme including:
- £5,000 Welcome Payment*
- £2,000 Retention Payment*
- Up to £8,000 Relocation Package
- Flexible working opportunities
- Employee Benefits Programme
- Annual Leave entitlement of 24.5 days rising to 29.5 days after 5 years continuous service.
We also offer all children’s social care staff a clearly defined career pathway with support encouragement from management for individuals to fulfil their potential. Throughout your time at Gloucestershire, you can expect a high level of challenge and support from management.
Throughout your time in this role, as social work staff at all levels do, you will have access to Gloucestershire’s Social Work Academy - a professional development centre for Social Workers at all levels. The Academy seeks to implement a ‘Gloucestershire Approach’ to social work practice, leadership and management ensuring there is a good level of practice across Children’s Services. For more information on our Social Work Academy, please click here.
For an informal chat about this role please contact Sue Hogshaw 01452 583626. For all over queries please email CSWRecruitment@gloucestershire.gov.uk with your name, number and what you wish to discuss and a member of the team will give you a call within 48 hours!
To ensure a personalised and responsive recruitment experience all applicants will receive a call from the recruitment team to discuss this role, where you would like to practice and in what area and to book you in for an interview.
This Position is subject to a DBS check.
Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We value diversity in our workforce and positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.
It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.
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